Salman Rushdie attacked while speaking at event in New York


Rushdie was airlifted to a local hospital, police said. His condition is unknown. An interviewer also suffered a minor head injury, police said.

A man on the stage was seen “punching or stabbing” the novelist before the event, according to an AP reporter who witnessed the attack.

Medical staff and police were called to the amphitheater, according to a Chautauqua spokesperson who would not elaborate or confirm details about the incident.

Salman Rushdie's treatment of delicate political and religious subjects turned him into a controversial figure.

A witness in the audience told CNN he saw Rushdie attacked on stage. The witness could not confirm what was used in the attack, adding that he was 75 feet from stage.

Rushdie was being introduced at about 10:45 a.m. when the assault happened, according to the witness, who said he heard shouting from the audience. He said a man in a black shirt appeared to be “punching” the author. The witness did not hear the attacker say anything or see a weapon.

Some people in the audience ran to render aid to Rushdie while others went after the attacker, the witness said.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul thanked first responders for their swift response and said her thoughts are with the novelist after the “horrific event.”

On its website, the Chautauqua Institution described Friday’s event as “a discussion of the United States as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression.”

In a statement the nonprofit education center and summer resort said it is “coordinating with law enforcement and emergency officials on a public response following today’s attack of Salman Rushdie on the Chautauqua Amphitheater stage.”

Furor over ‘The Satanic Verses’ hounded Rushdie

The 75-year-old novelist — the son of a successful Muslim businessman in India — was educated in England, first at Rugby School and later at the University of Cambridge where he received an MA degree in history.

After college, he began working as an advertising copywriter in London, before publishing his first novel, “Grimus” in 1975.

Rushdie’s treatment of delicate political and religious subjects turned him into a controversial figure. But it was the publication of his fourth novel “The Satanic Verses” in 1988 that has hounded him for more than three decades.

Some Muslims found the book to be sacrilegious and it sparked public demonstrations. In 1989, the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini called Rushdie a blasphemer and said “The Satanic Verses” was an insult on Islam and the Prophet Mohammed, and issued a religious decree, or fatwa, calling for his death.

As a result, the Mumbai-born writer spent a decade under British protection before the Iranian government announced it would no longer seek to enforce the fatwa in 1998.

CNN’s Mark Morales contributed to this report.



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Child care provisions were cut from the Inflation Reduction Act. It’s not the first time.


The Democrats’ ambitious plans at points included universal pre-kindergarten, lower child care costs, paid family and sick leave and the enhanced child tax credit, among other provisions, but those were ultimately eliminated during negotiations. Those cuts became the ninth time in just two and a half years where proposed legislation aimed at helping women and families have been removed, according to a CNN analysis of data from the Congressional Budget Office and Congressional Research Reports.

Paid family leave alone has been trimmed down or dropped five different times since March 2020.

And although universal pre-kindergarten was only rejected once in the last two years, the idea is not new to the United States: the Lanham Act provided universal child care to nearly 130,000 children at its peak during World War II, and bills for universal pre-K were introduced by Democrats in Congress nearly every year from 1999 to 2019 that never advanced, the analysis showed.

The frustration among the lawmakers working to include these provisions has been palpable.

“We’re not going to let one man tell all the women in this country that they can’t have paid leave,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) after negotiations with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) seemed to eliminate the provision from the Build Back Better Act in 2021.

Despite polling from January 2022 that showed more than half of Americans believe universal pre-K and paid family leave would help the country, these provisions keep facing the combined headwinds of a 50-50 Senate and the economic impact of the Covid pandemic.

See a history of these setbacks:

March 2020: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (CARES Act)

Congress managed to include a form of paid family leave in the CARES Act, the first legislative response to the Covid-19 pandemic. But with the Senate narrowly led by Republicans at the time, a lack of GOP willingness to renew these benefits meant paid family leave expired at the end of 2020.
In the current evenly divided Senate, the lack of Republicans willing to vote for any bill advancing the Democratic social agenda means gathering 60 votes to overcome a filibuster has become a near impossible task for Democrats. And legislation that can be passed by simple majority through a process known as budget reconciliation still requires all 50 Senate Democrats to agree on a bill.

Ultimately, any bill including universal pre-K, paid family leave and/or an expanded child tax credit needs to win over the moderate senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).

Spring 2021: American Rescue Plan and American Families Plan

In April 2021, a month after Congress passed a second Covid relief bill that failed to revive paid leave but included an expanded child tax credit, President Joe Biden proposed a bill including all three provisions that eventually became known as Build Back Better.

Both Sens. Manchin and Sinema objected to the bill’s $3.5 trillion price tag.

AUBURN, WA - APRIL 22: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about the high cost of prescription drugs and child care at Green River College on April 22, 2022 in Auburn, Washington. Biden is on a multi-day trip to the Pacific Northwest, with stops in Portland and Seattle. (Photo by Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

Fall 2021: Build Back Better

By October, Democrats removed paid family leave and diluted the expanded child tax credit from four years to one in order to meet Manchin’s $1.5 trillion target.
Nancy Pelosi added paid leave back into the version of the bill that passed the House in November. But after heading to the Senate, negotiations with Manchin resulted in both paid leave and the child tax credit being taken out.
In December, the West Virginia senator abruptly pulled out of Build Back Better altogether, which effectively doomed universal pre-K as well.

2022: Inflation Reduction Act

Advancing these social safety net provisions has also been complicated by the enormous economic and political upheaval since BBB was first introduced.

During the December 2021 negotiations, Manchin expressed his concern over BBB’s potential impact on inflation, which has soared to rates not seen in 40 years. After the bill’s collapse, the senator and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) continued negotiating for several months on a revised package. What emerged in July was the Inflation Reduction Act, which contained provisions fighting climate change and lowering health care costs, but was framed entirely around bringing down inflation, although economists disagree on the extent of the bill’s impact on inflation, although economists disagree on the extent of the bill’s impact on inflation.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) rubs his face as he talks to reporters while heading to a leadership meeting and a vote on Capitol Hill on January 10, 2022 in Washington, DC. Manchin voted against passing President Joe Biden's Build Back Better legislation before the end of 2021 and will be key in deciding whether the Senate will cast aside the filibuster to further his party's agenda in the New Year. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Although Biden proposed reviving universal pre-K and limiting child care costs as ways to fight inflation during his March State of the Union speech, that benefit — along with paid family leave and the expanded child tax credit — are all absent from the IRA.

Public attitudes towards these social reforms have shifted over the past year.

In a CNN poll from January and February, 8% of respondents said “expanding access to affordable child care” was the most important problem for the government to address. By comparison, only 1% said “coronavirus.”

In a July poll, after five months of soaring prices, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and multiple mass shootings, 38% of Americans cited inflation and fewer than 1% said the cost of child care when asked the biggest economic problem facing families.

According to a 2021 UNICEF report on national childcare policies, “The United States is the only rich country without nationwide, statutory, paid maternity leave, paternity leave or parental leave.”



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Ricky Shiffer: An armed man tried to enter the FBI’s Cincinnati office and was fatally shot after a standoff with police. Here’s what we know


The suspect was believed to be armed with an AR-15 rifle and a nail gun, a federal law enforcement source told CNN, and was wearing body armor, according to officials in an Ohio county.

He was Ricky W. Shiffer, 42, of Columbus, the state highway patrol said Friday.

After attempting to enter the FBI facility, he fled and his vehicle was followed by state police, authorities said. When the vehicle pursuit ended in southwestern Ohio, a lengthy standoff followed, ending with law enforcement shooting and killing the suspect, according to authorities.

The FBI is investigating the circumstances that led to the suspect being shot, the bureau said.

While authorities have not announced a motive, the FBI is investigating the man’s social media presence and whether he had ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

A social media account bearing Shiffer’s name appears to have referenced an attempt to storm an FBI office that day. It also recently made a “call to arms” — and called for violence against the agency — after the FBI executed a search warrant Monday at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.

Authorities have not confirmed the account belongs to the suspect, though a law enforcement source told CNN an image on the account matched a government ID photo of him.

Here’s what we know about the attempted breach and the suspect:

What happened when the suspect tried to enter the office

At about 9:15 a.m. ET Thursday, an armed man tried to breach the visitor screening facility at the FBI field office, the agency said.

An armed suspect who tried to enter the FBI's Cincinnati office is dead after standoff with authorities, officials say

“Upon the activation of an alarm and a response by armed FBI special agents, the subject fled northbound onto Interstate 71,” FBI Cincinnati said in a statement.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers responded and found the suspect at an interstate rest stop in a Ford Crown Victoria at around 9:37 a.m., the patrol said.

The troopers tried to initiate a traffic stop on the suspect, but he fled and a vehicle pursuit ensued, highway patrol spokesman Lt. Nathan Dennis said. Shots were fired from the suspect’s car during the chase, he said.

The suspect exited the highway at state Route 73 in Ohio’s Clinton County — roughly a 45-mile drive northeast of downtown Cincinnati — and came to a stop on a road nearby around 9:53 a.m., the highway patrol said.

How the standoff unfolded

After stopping, the man got out and “engaged officers,” the highway patrol said. Gunfire was exchanged between law enforcement and the suspect, who used his vehicle for cover, they said.

Violent rhetoric circulates on the pro-Trump internet following FBI search, including against a judge
The suspect was wearing body armor, according to the Clinton County Emergency Management Agency. A lockdown was in effect within a 1-mile radius of the standoff location, the agency said.

The standoff stretched for several hours as law enforcement tried to negotiate with the suspect, the highway patrol said.

“Once negotiations failed, officers attempted to take the suspect into custody by utilizing less lethal tactics,” the agency said. “At approximately 3:42 p.m., the suspect raised a firearm and shots were fired by law enforcement officers.”

The suspect was shot and died from his injuries on the scene, the agency said.

It is unclear what less lethal tactics authorities used as they tried arrest him.

What we know about the suspect

The FBI is investigating Shiffer’s social media presence and whether he had ties to right-wing extremism, a federal law enforcement source told CNN.

Authorities are also looking into whether he participated in the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol or was associated with any groups that took part in the attack, a separate federal law enforcement source told CNN.
On the social media platform founded by Trump — Truth Social — an account bearing Shiffer’s name made a post Thursday morning that appeared to reference an attempt to storm an FBI office.

The post was made minutes after the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the incident at the office in Cincinnati began, shortly after 9:15 a.m.

“Well, I thought I had a way through bullet proof glass, and I didn’t,” the user posted at 9:29 a.m. Thursday. “If you don’t hear from me, it is true I tried attacking the F.B.I., and it’ll mean either I was taken off the internet, the F.B.I. got me, or they sent the regular cops while.”

It’s unclear whether the user was attempting to write more, as the post stops after, “while.”

Account bearing name of suspect in Ohio standoff with FBI posted on Trump social media platform and encouraged violence against the agency

The FBI declined to comment on the account and its postings, citing an ongoing investigation.

On the account, which has been active only the last few weeks, the user communicated to others with increasingly politically violent and revolution-minded thoughts.
But it was not until the FBI executed a search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday that the user began to fixate on responding with violence toward the agency.

“People, this is it,” the user wrote on Monday. “I hope a call to arms comes from someone better qualified, but if not, this is your call to arms from me.”

In that post, the user encouraged people to go to gun and pawn shops to “get whatever you need to be ready for combat.”

When another person responded to the user saying they would be sending his photo and information to the FBI, the user responded by saying, “Bring them on.”

It’s unclear whether the information was forwarded to the FBI.

On Tuesday, the user wrote people were heading to gather in Palm Beach, Florida — where Mar-a-Lago is located — and said if the FBI broke up the group, “kill them.”

The account’s user also claimed they were in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021, but did not say whether they entered the Capitol. The poster frequently referenced a belief the 2020 election was stolen from Trump.

How the FBI has responded

FBI headquarters is investigating the “agent-involved shooting,” the agency said. The agency has deployed a Shooting Incident Review Team to the scene, which is standard practice when an FBI special agent or task force officer discharges a weapon, a law enforcement source told CNN.

The review team will gather evidence, interview witnesses and ultimately determine whether the use of deadly force was justified, the source said.

“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” a bureau statement reads. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray released a statement Thursday evening condemning attacks on law enforcement and the FBI.

“Unfounded attacks on the integrity of the FBI erode respect for the rule of law and are a grave disservice to the men and women who sacrifice so much to protect others. Violence and threats against law enforcement, including the FBI, are dangerous and should be deeply concerning to all Americans,” Wray said.

CNN’s Evan Perez, Jason Hanna, Michelle Watson, Caroll Alvarado, Chuck Johnston and Dakin Andone contributed to this report.



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Trump documents from FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search


An aerial view of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday.
An aerial view of Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday. (Steve Helber/AP)

The FBI sought to locate classified documents related to nuclear weapons, among other items, when agents searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, this week, people familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post.  

The people did not offer additional details to the Post about “what type of information the agents were seeking” or whether any such documents were recovered, according to the paper.

The revelation adds key context to the Justice Department’s extraordinary decision to search the home of a former president. 

As CNN previously reported, the criminal investigation started with concerns about missing documents raised by the National Archives, which made a criminal referral to the Justice Department upon discovering highly sensitive documents among the materials retrieved from Mar-a-Lago in January.

The 15 boxes contained some materials that were part of special access programs (SAP), a classification that includes protocols to significantly limit who would have access to the information, according to a source familiar with what the Archives discovered in the boxes. That led to FBI interviews with aides to grand jury subpoenas to this week’s court-authorized search and seizure of documents. 

Though Attorney General Merrick Garland has declined to share specific details about the search, he said Thursday that he “personally approved” the decision to seek a warrant for the search of Trump’s Florida home. 

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Look of the Week: Did Kylie Jenner channel another famous Kylie?


Written by Megan C. Hills, CNN

Kylie Jenner has made a strong case for glamorous party tops, channeling a disco ball and another famous Kylie, singer Kylie Minogue, at once.
The reality star took date-night dressing to the next level Tuesday, wearing a glittering chain mesh top with a cowl neck and striking hood ahead of a night out with boyfriend Travis Scott. She completed the look with patchwork trousers, a miniature bag and heels, while a video posted to Instagram revealed the top was completely backless aside from a discreet chain holding it in place.

The outfit may be part of the Kardashian-Jenner family’s sizable collection of archival fashion, as the top closely resembled one from designer Paco Rabanne’s 1997/98 Fall-Winter collection. (The sparkling chain mesh, a Rabanne signature, was a giveaway.) But the internet was quick to point out that Jenner’s look also bore similarities to an outfit immortalized by “the other Kylie.”

Kylie Jenner posted a photograph of her new outfit to Instagram, wearing a silver chainmail mesh hood.

Kylie Jenner posted a photograph of her new outfit to Instagram, wearing a silver chainmail mesh hood. Credit: Kylie Jenner/Instagram

In 2001, Australian pop star Minogue famously wore a white jumpsuit with a cowled hood for her music video “Can’t Get You Out of My My Head.” Unlike Jenner’s chainmail outfit, Minogue’s was created from clingy white jersey by designer Fee Doran (also known as Mrs. Jones).
This isn’t the first time that Kylie and Kylie have been on similar wavelengths. In fact, the pair have butted heads over a trademark battle dating back to 2015. Minogue, who had been selling products branded “Kylie” prior to Jenner, legally challenged Jenner’s 2015 application to trademark the name.
Jenner never publicly addressed the legal dispute, though Minogue revealed the pair had “come to an agreement.” Appearing on comedian Andy Cohen’s late-night show this year, she said, “I’ve spent a lifetime protecting my brand and building my brand so it was just something that had to be done.”
Kylie Minogue wearing a cowled hooded outfit in her music video "Can't Get You Outta My Head."

Kylie Minogue wearing a cowled hooded outfit in her music video “Can’t Get You Outta My Head.” Credit: Kylie Minogue/Youtube

Jenner has not confirmed whether she was aware of the similarities between her hooded outfit and Minogue’s. In fact, she paid homage to another singer altogether, posting the look to Instagram alongside a reference to one of Beyoncé’s new songs, “Alien Superstar.” As Jenner sparkled for the camera and strutted down a hallway, the song’s lyrics played over the footage: “I’m too classy for this world, forever I’m that girl.”

Indeed, Beyoncé also donned a sparkling, hooded outfit for the launch party of her album “Renaissance” this week, opting for a leotard with a shimmering cowled black hood.

Perhaps the similarities are less an homage and more a sign of an incoming trend.





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Ecovado could be a ‘greener’ alternative to avocados


However, our love of avocados comes at a significant cost to the environment: approximately 2,000 liters of water are used to grow just one kilogram of avocados, while forests are cleared to make space for avocado trees.

That’s why London-based researcher and designer Arina Shokouhi decided to develop an eco-friendly avocado alternative. Called the “Ecovado” she hopes it will inspire consumers to think twice before slicing into the fruit for breakfast toast or whipping up the next batch of guacamole.

“It can be actually a positive solution and we should just embrace it because we know that we can’t carry on living like this,” says Shokouhi.

At first glance, the Ecovado is indistinguishable from the real thing. Made with beeswax and natural food coloring containing spinach and charcoal powders, the Ecovado skin mimics avocado peel. The meat of the alternative fruit is made with four simple ingredients: broad beans as the base, apple for freshness, cold-pressed rapeseed oil for creaminess, and a sprinkle of hazelnut. A whole chestnut or hazelnut is used for the pit.

Designed by Arina Shokouhi, the Ecovado looks a lot like a real avocado.

The Ecovado was developed as part of Shokouhi’s Material Futures master’s degree at Central Saint Martins art school. Having come up with the concept at the end of her first year, she forged a collaboration with University of Nottingham food scientist, Jack Wallman, who had studied the molecular properties of avocados to understand what gives them their creamy texture. It took eight months to perfect the recipe, says Shokouhi.

Creating a sustainable and appealing avocado substitute was a challenge.

“(The) choice of ingredients was very limited to begin with because I want it to be 100% local. That was my first priority,” Shokouhi says, adding that she calls this the “British” version.

Shokohui wanted the Evocado to offer the health and environmental benefits that come from eating locally sourced food.
Garden peas and broccoli were early recipe contenders, Shokouhi says, but had low local production. Making up the base of the Ecovado, broad beans, also known as fava beans, are relatively easy to grow, with around 740,000 metric tons harvested in the UK each year.

However, broad beans are molecularly different to avocados and masking their “bitter smell” was difficult, she says. Ultimately Wallman and his team found ways to balance out the ingredients and create a convincing avocado alternative.

Avocado cutlery

While sticking to local ingredients and highlighting plant-based diets are key to reducing carbon emissions, sustainable food production also intersects with complex issues such as land use, ethical sourcing and labor rights, says Dr. Wayne Martindale, associate professor of food insights and sustainability at the UK’s University of Lincoln.

Developments in data collection and blockchain technology over the last decade have made the many facets of food production easier to trace and record, he says. Martindale points to the Responsible Commodities Facility which was adopted in 2021 as a commitment to zero deforestation soy cultivation in Brazil. The certification benefits farmers financially while providing assurance to customers.

Martindale believes the same could be done for avocados because “people want to know that those avocados have been grown on land that is responsibly managed.”

His team are investigating uses for avocado byproducts, including recyclable cutlery made from avocado pits and oils from the peel and pulp for use in lubricants and foods.

Avocados being harvested in Spain. Around 2,000 liters of water are used to grow one kilogram of avocados.

Rather than omitting imported fruits and vegetables entirely, Martindale believes moderation is a step in the right direction. Shokouhi’s Ecovado shows “incredible creativity,” he says but he questions if the product can scale to become a viable alternative to avocado imports.

Since graduating, Shokouhi’s product has had interest from potential investors, she says. While she’s still perfecting the Ecovado, she hopes it will eventually be sold in in supermarkets for a similar price to real avocados. Shokouhi has also experimented with Japanese edamame beans and is intrigued by the idea of producing Ecovado in other countries using different local ingredients in the future.

She hopes skeptics will give the Evocado a chance.

“The taste maybe is not 100% exactly like avocado,” Shokouhi says, “but that doesn’t matter as an alternative as long as you can have it on your sourdough, and it tastes good and it looks the same and it’s healthy.”



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Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine facing ‘grave hour,’ UN watchdog says




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The “alarming” situation at a Russian-occupied nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine had reached a “grave hour,” the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said Thursday, as he called for an immediate inspection of the facility by international experts.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi warned that parts of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant had been knocked out due to recent attacks, risking an “unacceptable” potential radiation leak.

“IAEA experts believe that there is no immediate threat to nuclear safety,” but “that could change at any moment,” Grossi said.

“Any military action jeopardizing nuclear safety, nuclear security, must stop immediately,” he added. “These military actions near to such a large nuclear facility could lead to very serious consequences.”

The Zaporizhzhia facility – the largest nuclear plant in Europe – occupies an extensive site on the Dnipro river near the Russian-occupied city of Enerhodar. It has continued operating at reduced capacity since Russian forces captured it early in March, with Ukrainian technicians remaining at work.

Russia and Ukraine have so far been unwilling to agree to an IAEA inspection of the plant and have accused each other of shelling the facility – action the IAEA has said breaches “indispensable nuclear safety and security pillars.”

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia on Thursday blamed Ukraine for the shelling and urged Kyiv’s supporters to stop attacks and prevent a disastrous radiation leak.

But Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky pointed the finger at Moscow, which he said was putting all of Europe in danger.

“Only the complete withdrawal of Russians from the territory of the Zaporizhzhia NPP and the restoration of Ukraine’s full control over the situation around the plant will guarantee the restoration of nuclear safety for all of Europe,” Zelensky said.

Ukraine’s nuclear agency Energoatom said 10 shells landed near the complex on Thursday, preventing a shift handover.

“For the safety of nuclear workers, the buses with the personnel of the next shift were turned back to Enerhodar,” the agency said. “Until the situation finally normalizes, the workers of the previous shift will continue to work.”

Energoatom said radiation levels at the site remained normal, despite renewed attacks.

Several Western and Ukrainian officials believe that Russia is using the giant nuclear facility as a stronghold to shield their troops and mount attacks, because they assume Kyiv will not return fire and risk a crisis.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has accused Moscow of using the plant to shield its forces, while Britain’s Defense Ministry said in a recent security assessment that Russia’s actions at the complex sabotage the safety of its operations.

The Ukrainian mayor of Enerhodar, Dmytro Orlov, said in late July that Russian forces had been observed using heavy weaponry near the plant because “they know very well that the Ukrainian Armed Forces will not respond to these attacks, as they can damage the nuclear power plant.”

The US on Thursday backed Ukraine’s calls for a demilitarized zone around the facility, while at the UN, Bonnie Jenkins, US undersecretary for arms control and international affairs, said Russia is responsible for the “nuclear risks” at the plant.

She warned the UN Security Council that “the many consequences of this conflict, including the situation at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, will only end when Russia ends its war.”

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres – who previously called shelling at the plant “suicidal” – on Thursday said in a statement he was “gravely concerned.”

“We must be clear that any potential damage to Zaporizhzhia or any other nuclear facilities in Ukraine, or anywhere else, could lead to catastrophic consequences not only for the immediate vicinity, but for the region and beyond,” he said.



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Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive’ crash injuries, rep says



“Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive,” the statement read. “It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”

Anoxic brain injury occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen.

A woman inside the home at the time of the crash suffered minor injuries, but did seek medical attention, according to Lee.

Heche has remained in critical condition. This week, a spokesperson for Heche told CNN the actress suffered “significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation” and “burns that require surgical intervention.”

“We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital,” the statement continued.

In their message, her family and friends also paid tribute to Heche’s “huge heart” and “generous spirit.”

“More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love,” the statement read. “She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

Heche rose to fame on the soap opera “Another World,” where she played the dual role of twins Vicky Hudson and Marley Love from 1987 to 1991. She earned a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance on the show.

Heche followed that success with numerous films, including “Donnie Brasco,” “Wag the Dog” and “Six Days Seven Nights” opposite Harrison Ford.

In more recent years, Heche has appeared in television shows like “The Brave,” “Quantico,” and “Chicago P.D.”

Following the crash, there was an outpouring of support for the actress from the Hollywood community. Her ex and former “Men in Trees” co-star James Tupper, with whom she shares one of her two sons, wrote on Instagram: “Thoughts and prayers for this lovely woman, actress and mother tonight Anne Heche. We love you.”





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Political ad spending is set to smash records in the 2022 midterms



The nonpartisan firm AdImpact released a report Wednesday projecting that nearly $9.7 billion total will be spent on political ads during the 2022 election cycle.

That is an astonishing sum that would not only surpass all previous midterm cycles, but presidential cycles too. According to AdImpact’s data, ad spending reached a record $9 billion during the 2020 elections, when the Donald Trump-Joe Biden presidential race was at the top of the ticket, and $4 billion during the 2018 elections, when Democrats took control of the House.

Presidential election cycles are almost always more expensive than midterms. But there are a few factors that make 2022 different.

First, both majorities in the Senate and the House are up for grabs. The last time both chambers of Congress flipped party control in the same year was 2006, during a wave election for Democrats. In the most recent midterm elections during a president’s first term in office, 2010 and 2018, only the House was really in play.

Plus, after Trump attempted to pressure state and local officials to overturn the 2020 election results, the stakes are higher for the 36 gubernatorial elections on the ballot this year — especially for those in key battleground states including Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Those efforts have also caused donors and voters to pay more attention to races that typically have a lower profile, like for secretary of state.

In some cases, the candidates themselves have contributed to the uptick in spending. Wealthy self-funders across the country poured millions of tens of dollars into their campaigns this cycle.

And, as AdImpact notes in its report, there are some underlying elements that have helped supercharge the landscape: “An increasingly polarized electorate and easily accessible online fundraising tools have been major factors propelling this surge in spending. It no longer takes a presidential ticket at the top of the ballot to push a cycle near the $10 billion threshold.”

How will all that money be split up? Here’s how AdImpact projected it will break down: $2.43 billion for governor’s races; $2.37 billion for Senate races; $1.88 billion for House races; and $2.99 billion for races further down the ballot.
Around $5 billion worth of ads have already aired or are set to air before Election Day. That amount alone is already more than was spent on ads during the entire 2018 cycle.
In 2018, Florida was the only state where a Senate race crossed the $100 million mark for ad spending. In 2022, with an evenly divided upper chamber, six Senate races have already surpassed that, according to AdImpact: Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Wisconsin and Ohio.

In fact, the Georgia Senate race — where Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker are facing off this November — has already seen more than $200 million in ad spending.

The Point: Both parties are now able to pull from a seemingly unlimited pit of money. That means elections across the board are only going to keep getting more and more expensive.





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Timeline: The Justice Department criminal inquiry into Trump taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago




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The federal criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents ramped up this week in significant and unprecedented fashion, with the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

The Justice Department inquiry is about documents that Trump removed from the White House as his term was ending in January 2021. Earlier this year, officials from the National Archives and Records Administration, known as NARA, recovered 15 boxes of presidential documents from Mar-a-Lago.

Trump’s lawyers previously worked with NARA to voluntarily turn over some documents, but the Mar-a-Lago search clearly indicates a new phase of the probe. Trump has denied all wrongdoing and claims the investigation is a politically motivated sham, intended to derail his potential bid to return to the White House.

Here’s a timeline of the key moments from the blockbuster investigation.

An official from NARA contacts Trump’s team after realizing that several important documents weren’t handed over before Trump left the White House. In hopes of locating the missing items, NARA lawyer Gary Stern reaches out to someone who served in the White House counsel’s office under Trump, who was the point of contact for recordkeeping matters. The missing documents include some of Trump’s correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as well as the map of Hurricane Dorian that Trump infamously altered with a sharpie pen.

NARA grows frustrated with the slow pace of document turnover after several months of conversations with the Trump team. Stern reaches out to another Trump attorney to intervene. The archivist asks about several boxes of records that were apparently taken to Mar-a-Lago during Trump’s relocation to Florida. NARA still doesn’t receive the White House documents they are searching for.

After months of discussions with Trump’s team, NARA retrieves 15 boxes of Trump White House records from Mar-a-Lago. NARA says in a statement that some of the records it received at the end of Trump’s administration were “torn up by former President Trump,” and that White House officials had to tape them back together. Not all the torn-up documents were reconstructed, NARA says. The boxes contained some materials that were part of “special access programs,” known as SAP, which is a classification that includes protocols to significantly limit who would have access to the information.

News outlets, including CNN, report that NARA asked the Justice Department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records and whether he violated the Presidential Records Act and other laws related to classified information. The Presidential Records Act requires all records created by a sitting president to be turned over to the National Archives at the end of their administration.

NARA informs the Justice Department that some of the documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago included classified material. NARA also tells the department that, despite being warned it was illegal, Trump tore up documents while he was president, and that senior officials in the Trump administration did not properly preserve their social media messages, draft tweets and deleted tweets.

On April 7, NARA publicly acknowledges for the first time that the Justice Department is involved, and news outlets report that prosecutors have launched a criminal probe into Trump’s mishandling of classified documents. Around this time, FBI agents quietly interview Trump aides at Mar-a-Lago about the handling of presidential records as part of their widening investigation.

News outlets report that investigators subpoenaed NARA for access to the classified documents retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. The subpoena, which is part of the process to allow investigators to take possession of the documents from the NARA, is the first public indication of the Justice Department using a grand jury in its investigation.

Four investigators, including a top Justice Department counterintelligence official, visit Mar-a-Lago seeking more information about classified material that had been taken to Florida. The four investigators meet with Trump’s attorneys and look around the basement room where the documents are being stored. Trump briefly stops by the meeting to say hello to the officials, but he does not answer any questions. During the meeting, the federal officials serve a grand jury subpoena for some of the sensitive national security documents on the premises, and they take away the subpoenaed documents.

Trump’s attorneys receive a letter from federal investigators, asking them to further secure the room where documents are being stored. In response, Trump aides add a padlock to the room in the basement of Mar-a-Lago.

The FBI executes a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago – a major escalation of the classified documents investigation. The search focused on the area of the club where Trump’s offices and personal quarters are located. Federal agents remove boxes of material from the property. The search was the first time in American history that a former president’s home was searched as part of a criminal investigation.

After three days of silence, Attorney General Merrick Garland makes a brief public statement about the investigation. He reveals that he personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant, and pushes back against what he called “unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department.” Garland also announces that the Justice Department will ask a judge to unseal some of the search warrant documents, for the sake of transparency.

This story has been updated with additional developments.



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